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>>> on our broadcast tonit, after the unthinkable in newtown. the first of the young victims are laid to rest. tonight, w >>> on our broadcast tonight, after the unthinkable in newtown. the first of the young victims are laid to rest. tonight, what we now knoabout what happened there, and some surprising voices today calling for tougher gun laws. >>> plus, making a difference. this evening, an outpouring of kindness for a community shouldering an unbearable loss. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. the wave of sadness and national reflection continues tonight as reality set in a bit today in newtown, connecticut, a town that laid two 6-year-old boys to rest today after the president's visit there last night. while we learn more today about these victims and sadly more information about the gunman, his possible plans and schemes and this awful thing he carried out. and so to start off our reporting on a monday night after such a sad weekend in this country, we go back to
defiant restriction in the wake of the newtown, connecticut, shootings. instead, the nra is calling forearmed security guards at every school, every school in the country. cnn's tom foreman is joining us now. you were at that speech that wayne lap ichlt erre gave announcing the reaction of what happened a week ago today. tell our viewers how it went. >> well, as you know, they kept a very low profile but today they came out to say they had some things to say and they sure did. despite protesters, the president and public opinion increasingly pushing against the gun lobby, the national rifle association sent a sharp message to wayne la pierre. no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> in a wide-ranging statement, lapierre condemned the shootings in connecticut and other places but accused congress of relying on armed guards in congress while calling other actions inappropriate elsewhere. >
. >>> to the people of newtown, we are with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. that was the word today from ron barber, who was shot and wounded in the mass shooting in tucson last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including the grievous wounding of congresswoman gabby giffords. ron barber, who took gabby giffords' seat in congress after she stepped down to deal with her injuries. he said today, "as those of us in tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community." mark kelly, gabby giffords' husband said today, "i just spoke with gabby, and she sends her prayers from tucson." in oak creek, wisconsin, where four months ago there was another mass shooting at a sikh temple, another six people gunned down at that temple. a school superintendent there today told the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his communi
is going to be like. >> the tragedy in newtown has many people wondering how they can help those who are impacted. so we put a list together of charitable organizations on our website. just visit cnn.com/impact. you can help. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon in newtown, connecticut. don? >>> hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin live at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. don lemon is standing by in newtown, connecticut, where we'll check in with him here momentarily. but the story this week, it just breaks your heart to see there, these funerals going on for these itty-bitty children here, two more young victims being laid to rest today. services for 6-year-old jessica rekos were held at st. rose of lima catholic church there in town. as her relatives grieve, they are also trying to help her brother travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. he wants to know where is his best friend. we found out jessica loved horses. she loved watching horse movies, drawing horses. apparently she asked santa claus this christmas for a new pair of cow girl boots. also t
have kids the same age, 30, 40 minutes away from newtown in elementary school in a town very similar. this hit very close to home for us and for a lot of people. >> you know, based on that point, if it can happen in newtown and it can happen anywhere, in a small rural community and haggerstown, maryland, an idyllic community, town of 30,000, just likes newtown, and people are mourning and weeping as they mourn for the teachers at sanry hook elementary school. >> just when you think you can be composed and keep it together and maybe the tears will have stopped, they put out the names and ages of the victims and even not knowing them, but just to read through their names and their ages is just wretching. we will show you some of their names now, the victims, there were 12. we'll show them later to you, basically 20 children and younger than we thought, remember that president obama and his first report that they were between five and ten years old. they were really just six and seven years old, all of them and it's also to know, we didn't know at the time, what close range they were ki
will be here in newtown in a few hours and meet with the victims' families and will speak at an interfaith vigil at 7:00 p.m. eastern. joining me now, two connecticut lawmakers richard bloomenle that and congressman and senator-elect chris murphy whose district includes newtown. let me start with the past couple days for you all. i know you have talked to some of these families who understandably don't want to be out in public except for when they choose to. we did see one father go out. can you tell us as silly as this may seem how are they holding up? what's sustaining them at this point? >> i don't think that one word or one sentence or one description will fit all of them. they are as diverse probably as they are human beings. i can tell you this community has demonstrated its strength and resilience and resolve in coming together. we were at church service this morning, which was so moving in its statement of grief but also coming together and bonding and staying strong. i don't think i will ever forget the cries of grief and pain that i saw at the firehouse on that day and as a paren
shooting. cbs reporter marlie hall joins us now from newtown. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it seems like every day here in newtown is a new sense of normal. an endless series of funerals and every day since the tragedy has been a day of mourning but today the nation will stop and remember. >> reporter: at 9:30 this morning, people here in newtown will stop what they're doing and observe a moment of silence to mark the one week point since a shooter killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school. [ bells ] >> reporter: then the church bells will ring signifying another funeral for another child. pablo carmona attended the funeral of his friend and fellow boy scout benjamin wheeler. >> i don't really know why he had to die. but it's very sad. >> reporter: catherine hubbard liked to ride horses and allison wyatt wanted to become an artist. >> my husband asked me last night, he said, has this rocked your faith in god? and i said, absolutely not. but it has done a few things about my faith in human beings. >> reporter: the outpouring of love and emotions for the families of
're coming from newtown, connecticut, a town that for a week now has felt much longer than seven days has been heavy under grief and also full of love and full of resolve to remember the lives cut far too short. we wanted to come back to newtown tonight not to argue or point fingers but to honor and to remember the 12 little girls, the eight little boys, six dedicated women who died at sandy hook elementary school one week ago today. today here in newtown at 9:30 in the morning bells rang out for each of those lives lost, the mothers and the daughters, the sons and the nieces and the nephews and the brothers and the sisters and the friends. we will remember them. [ bell tolling ] >>> for the next hour we'll hear from family members because they want a voice and we want to give it to them, a voice to tell us about their children and how wonderful they were and how special they were and we don't want to focus just on how they died but how they lived and the lives they touched and they touch so many lives. we'll hear from the mcdonald family that graciously invited me into their home to tell
you had no idea? >> i had no idea. >> reporter: back in newtown, connecticut, the community is shining bright with these. so santa can find his way. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. >> i love that. the 26 lights and also what you're seeing a lot of folks do, talk about, the 26 random acts of kindness. one act in honor of each victim killed inside the school. picking up some steam, you see some stuff in social media about that. also cool, the whole newtown police force gets to be off today and spend christmas with their family because all the other cops from around the state of connecticut said, go home and be with your family. that's so great to hear. they need mental, physical and emotional time off. >> you hear from so many families. they say your priorities change immediately. you don't have a home this holiday. what are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditi
friday's heartbreaking violence in newtown, connecticut, we'll have the there's on continuing developments. we'll then turn to our cover story, which examines americans and faith. seems that for increasing numbers of us now, our permanent beliefs do not involve organized religion. >> reporter: this morning spiritual leaders around the country are faced with trying to explain the inexplicable. while some may seek solace in church, a growing number of americans are finding their faith elsewhere. >> it's less and and less important for people to think of themselves as methodist or baptist. >> reporter: how one of the most religious countrys in the world may be becoming a little less religious. ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: some kids byron pitts visited demonstrating amazing pluck, as you will see and hear. >> reporter: it may be an ancient instrument, with a heavenly sound. but in modern day atlanta, jarnl, the harp is about much much more. >> it is about opportunity. we don't expect everybody to become a professional harpist. it's about helping children to become all the
evening. the funerals began today. two of the children killed in newtown, connecticut, on friday have been laid to rest. mourners leaving the service for six-year-old noah pozner were told to keep his memory in their hearts, but hearts are strained to breaking by the senseless loss. at makeshift memorials, parents held their children and tried to comprehend 20 first graders murdered at sandy hook elementary school along with the six staff members who tried to save them. tonight we know more about how it happened and we have a team of correspondents on this tragedy. first we'll go to jim axelrod. >> reporter: at 1:00 this afternoon, the first two funerals began: one in newtown, the other 25 miles away. this woman spoke for many. >> you shouldn't be at a six-year-old's funeral. i mean, it's a devastating event and it's heart breaking and it keeps getting more heart breaking. >> reporter: six-year-old noah pozner was eulogized as a kind, caring, slightly mischef vous boy who'd been looking forward to a buddy's birthday party on saturday. six-year-old jack pinto was described as all boy at his
imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk about the end of the mayan calendar has some people doing some rather drastic things. >> so far so good. we're looking all right. >> we're here. >> we'll see what the rest of the day brings. it's been fun in case we're not here later. >>> and later, if there is a later, simon cowell has a brand new reality of his own. something is going on behind the scenes and it involves someone very special. you will not believe who simon cowell is dating. i'm a little jealous. i didn't think simon had that kind of game. >> it is surprising. >> apparently he does. he does have that money. that's true. >>> we begin with killer blizzard slamming the midwest, turning roads into danger zones. >> a foot of snow fell on des moines, 20 inches in madison, shutting down that city. and this morning, the storm is now moving east. warnings and watches are posted
the fiscal cliff. >>> another day of painful goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth straight day funerals of children gone far too soon. >>> among our guests this morning, we'll be talking to senator richard blumenthal, senator johnny isaacson, congressman peter king. it's thursday, december 20th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the first significant winter storm of the season is our starting point this morning. it threatens to derail some holiday travel plans for maybe millions of americans along with the snow. there's also a threat of tornados in the south. the governor of wisconsin has declared a state of emergency even before the storm hits. six states across the midwest are under blizzard warnings. the system stretches all the way from the great lakes to colorado. the rocky mountain state already taking a big beating. 156-mile stretch of interstate 70 had to be shut down yesterday because of the snow. it reopened late last night. >>> this morning, 36,000 people are without power in the state of iowa. lots of folks hoping to get a
of silence at 9:30 eastern. church bells will toll 26 times in their honor. poppy harlow is live in newtown. good morning, poppy. >> good morning, john. you know, at 9:30 a.m. eastern, many people will stop. we'll have a moment of silence in newtown in cities across america and around the world. the beautiful church bells will toll for all of the victims of the horrific shooting here. the governor here has asked for this to be a day of mourning, we can't understand what these families are going through, but we want to stand near them. president obama will also observe the moment of silence, and governors from at least 28 states have asked all of their residents to do the same. john, we'll bring that moment live on cnn, but the president has shifted to focus additionally on gun control in this country. that debate raging in the wake of this tragedy. the white house releasing a video from the president, just this morning. the president acknowledging that he is a supporter of the second amendment, the right to bear arms, saying that most gun owners are indeed responsible. but also making very
getting ready for school in newtown, connecticut. those 26 innocents were gunned down in cold blood inside the sandy hook elementary school. this morning at 9:30 eastern time, the country is invited to observe a moment of silence along with newtown. there's been an endless procession of grief to remember all of these victims. three more funerals will be held today. this morning at 9:30 eastern time in connecticut and across the entire nation, a moment of silence will be observed followed by the ringing of church bells. that will happen 26 times. cnn's poppy harlow is live in newtown, connecticut. good morning to you, poppy. >> reporter: good morning, zoraida. you see the volunteers behind me here. 5:00 a.m. in the morning, they're working trying to keep this makeshift memorial beautiful for this town. it's one of so many that has sprung up across newtown. at 9:30 eastern this morning, the world will be grieving and remembering with this entire community, that moment of silence will be felt around the world. also, you're going to hear church bells ringing across this town 26 to 28 times for
at newtown elementally school. there is a map right there. sandy hook. let me read more of what i'm getting here. according to one of our affiliates, the connecticut state police are responding to that shooting at newtown. excuse me. not newton. newtown. the shooting happened on dickinson. it's newtown. i said newton before but it's newtown. we don't know if there's any injuries but they are deploying units and cnn is sending crews and our affiliates are sending crews as well. they are en route to an elementary school in newtown. we are working our sources and our affiliates there in the area to try to figure out what is going on. as you know, law enforcement -- and we do here at cnn and all news organizations take it very seriously any time there are reports of a gun or shots fired at a school, elementary, junior high school, college, what have you. and that's what we are doing right now, checking on that for you. we're getting some information in. our producers are gathering it for us. we'll be back with the very latest on the other side of this break. don't go anywhere. [ female announce
and the tremendous support for the victims and the community of newtown. >>> edging closer to the fiscal cliff, the vote happening today and the expected result. >>> good thursday morning. starting off very cold. 20s, 30s and 40s. coming up we'll take a look at the forecast temperature in your neighborhood and when major rain returns to the bay area forecast. >>> time now, 7:14. we know more this morning about a report on tuesday about a man with a gun at san jose city college. the information was second- hand. the campus police say a man called them tuesday afternoon, said a stranger came up to them, said he had seen a man with a gun. the school was put on lockdown for three hours while the police searched for the gunman. police say they did not find a weapon but say the caller did the right thing by reporting that incident. >>> 7:14. the community of newtown, connecticut will bury three more children today as investigators continue to search for clues. yesterday, investigators removed boxes of evidence from the gunman's home. police say the 20-year-old shot and killed his mother there while
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control and the direction it is taking, as newtown attempts to observe christmas. >>> and why retailers are experiencing a slump while procrastinators are looking for last-minute christmas deals. experts say waiting to buy may have benefits that you may not have considered before. so this is a great story. the slowness may be worth it in the end. >> as long as you wrap it and don't give it in the plastic bag you got it from shopping in. >> no promises on that front. >>> later this half hour, make or break time for your favorite nfl teams. you know rob is watching all the games. we'll see how the season is shaping up. >> willis, how did the giants do yesterday? how did that game turn out? okay. i'm just curious. i don't hear anything today, willis. >> right, right. >> you're just so quiet. so unlike you today. looking angry. >> it's okay, willis, i'm with you. >> always next season, willis. >>> first, a major cleanup in northern california after a weekend blast of wet weather. dozens of flights were cap seld at bay area airports. >> and the area's famous vineyards under water. >> reporte
on this christmas eve directed at newtown, connecticut, site, of course, of the tragedy at sandy hook. the overwhelming response summed up by one local who said, quote, there were nine minutes of evil and an infinity of goodness after that. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a town in need of christmas cheer got it from across the country. in sparta, wisconsin, we saw these 26 snow angels, each for the innocent lives lost in newtown, each with a name and an age. from kalamazoo, michigan, 700 bracelets from a local business and from students, headed to newtown. flower seeds inside each of those smiley faces for the community to wear and plant. and for the newtown police department? officers around connecticut banding together, volunteering to work on christmas day so every newtown officer can have the day off with their family. and at their town hall, mountains of donated toys from all corners of the country, even hurricane sandy victims sending comfort and kindness from what little they have left. >> we had so much help, we wanted to pay it forward and try to help somebody else.
, in the wake of the newtown shootings, president obama says gun regulation will be, quote, a central issue of his second term. vice president joe biden has been tapped by the president to lead the effort and work with cabinet members on making recommendations before the president's state of the union address. the choice of biden makes sense given his extensive anti-crime portfolio as a long-time delaware senator. he helped to pass a ban on assault weapons in 149. he also received an "f" rating from the nra. he acknowledged that gun legislation alone would not solve the problem. >> we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply-held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. but the fact that this problem is co
in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
>>> it is 10:00 in newtown, connecticut, a community still struggling with grief and still reaching out to one another for comfort and beginning the long process of saying goodbye to so many young lives, lives cut far too short. makeshift memorials remind the people of this community they are not alone in their grief and people stop by to leave candles and flowers and teddy bears and notes of comfort. it is a daunting concept, the idea of trying somehow to move on without the 26 six and 7-year-olds that lost their lives friday and trying to move on without the six adults also killed at sandy hook elementary. moving on may not be possible for a very long time if ever. it is not clear just when the students of sandy hook will return to class but when they do, it will be in a different building, a different school, in a neighboring town. everything is different now. everything. for the families here this week is about trying to find a way to say goodbye and to honor the lives of their children, the lives of their teachers and school administrators, their three funerals scheduled for th
. >>> from newtown to your town, americans pause this hour to remember those killed in the school massacre. we'll tell you how the tribute could echo through your community. >>> the nation's most powerful gun lobby the nra speaking out today one week after violence rocked that small community in connecticut. >>> and devastating implosion, the end of the world? nope, it is not the apocalypse, it's what people are saying about the fiscal cliff. after speaker boehner's plan b falls flat, what's next? "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. this hour a nation pauses to honor the victims of last week's horrifying attack at a connecticut elementary school. many americans including president obama will take part in a moment of violence at 9:30 eastern. that marks the moment one week ago that the gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. church bells will toll across the country 26 times to remember each of the children and educators killed, and after being noticeably quiet for the past week, the national rifle association holds a
: the gunman was well-fortified with weapons and ammo. the same model used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. tomasz kaczowka and mike chiapperini were killed. spengler killed himself. and late today, human remains were found in spengler's house and suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> microsoft is always the burning question. i'm not sure we'll ever know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of spengler's mother could help explain the motive for her son's christmas eve shootings. ron mott, nbc news, new york. >>> tonight, billions around the world are gathered with family and friends to celebrate christmas. at the vatican downlotoday, pop benedict called for peace. and today marks the 12th christmas in a row that american troops are serving in afghanistan. more than 66,000 u.s. service members are still there, many of them getting some time to attend church services and celebrate with a proper christmas lunch. >>> back in this country, amid neighborhood celebrations and family gatherings across the country, it's a somber c
is brought to you by bp and all of us who call the gulf home. >>> newtown, connecticut, says it's running out of space to store the thousands of donations >>> newtown, connecticut, says it's running out of space to store the thousands of donations made after the shooting spree there two weeks ago. toys, school supplies, and other items fill a 20,000-square-foot warehouse. newtown officials say they're grateful for the donations and will figure out what do with all of it. >>> a new york city woman is charged with fraud. she allegedly tried to scam donors by claiming to be an aunt of one of the children killed in the shooting. she's accused of using facebook and texting to get money for a funeral fund. if convicted she faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to a quarter million dollars. >> on the "cbs moneywatch," con sumter confidence takes a hit and seaworld goes public. erica ferrari is here with that and more. good morning, erica. >> good morning, duarte. asia markets were higher. tokyo's nikkei gained nearly 1%. hong kong's hang sheng added a quarter percent. a new report
, soledad. blizzard warnings in the north and tornado threats in the south. >>> will the response to newtown be different if the shooter was not white? >>> one movie uniting both sides of the political aisle but why senators are speaking out against "zero dark 30." >>> take a page from the '80s rem song -- ♪ it could be the end of the world as we know it ♪ and some people are getting ready for the worst. >> i'm not planning on the world going away. that sucks. however, i'm a realist. i'm not going to put my head in the sand. >> oh, geez, not everyone is buying into that mayan prophecy. most everyone is not. some people are profiting from it, though. "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you for being with us. i'm coral costello. in f your holiday plans include traveling through the part of the country, buckle up. blizzard warnings from iowa to wisconsin, the massive storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the rockies and for the eastern half of the country be warned. it is heading your way. winter starts tomorrow but in the heartland it's already arrived with a vengeance. bl
,000 detonators and explosives to bring down that concrete giant. >>> officials in newtown, connecticut, have a message for well-wishers in the wake of the december school shooting that claimed 26 lives, please stop sending gifts. they say they are overwhelmed with all the stuffed animals and toys. >>> meanwhile, newtown officials say they have a plan for the flowers and gifts left at roadside tributes. nbc connecticut reporter george coley has that story. >> reporter: if the outpouring of support for residents of newtown could be measured by makeshift memorials throughout the community, it is over flowing. john and his son from pennsylvania stopped to drop off flowers on the way to visiting family in massachusetts. >> we wanted to pay tribute to all of the children, the teachers who lost their lives, you know, in this great tragic event. >> reporter: now the town is making preparations for what to do with all the mementos, and the decision is to use everything left behind for the construction of a future permanent memorial to the women and children lost. >> the plan is to turn everything bio
reduce the carnage in a situation like newtown? >> i don't believe that's going to make one difference. >> it's not known whether that magazine was an authentic clip or just a prop. possessing a large capacity magazine is illegal in the district of columbia. police are investigating. nbc not commenting. >>> guess what it's boxing in the uk, canada and several other country and shoppers are mobbing the stores. these are the crowds in london. the 26th of december is like black friday here in the united states. analysts expect 4 million british shopper also spend nearly $5 billion today, back here at home, it will be a similar scene today as people head to return those unwanted gifts and jump on big post holiday sales and we do mean big. check out this deal from best buy, a 32 inch tv for under $200. those are the kinds of deals we're seeing at major retailers. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more. >> it's like having a flashback to black friday. the deals, everybody killing each other just to get the deals but if you're a retailer you take a big hit on a day like
and tougher subject. the nation is still rightfully consumed with grief over the newtown school shootings next up on "kudlow," we'll continue our discussion of how best top prevent these unspeakable atrocities in the future. we don't have all the answers, but we'll try to get a good discussion for you. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios [ engine revs ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] the mercedes-benz winter event is back, with the perfect vehicle that's just right for you, no matter which list you're on. [ santa ] ho, ho, ho, ho! [ male announcer ] lease a 2013 c250 for $349 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. >>> welcome back to "the kudlow report." in this half hour, a new investigation blasts a government agency for huge pro-union favoritism. congressman darrell issa will join us later on. and stocks are having a fine year. we'll take a look at how it may continue. >>> but first up, the questions and grieving continue in newtown, connecticut, tonight.
be used in an emergency like the horrific school shooting in newtown, connecticut. but are more guns in our schools really the answer? "outfront" tonight, ryan, political analyst, roland martin. >> how you doing? >> good to see you guys. >> good to be here. >> is this just playing up to the nra or it is plausible solution to stop school shootings? >> it's certainly not a plausible solution, but the problem is, there are no plausible solutions. there's a guy, a criminologist who wrote a great piece about this. the thing with mass shootings, these guys are determined. they plan well in advance to evade security measures. and so, the idea from the right that you're going to arm police officials and have them at every school is false and the idea on the left that you're going to eliminate guns that's also false. you have to look at the gun violence problem more broadly rather than fighting the last war. >> but there is a disconnect in this conversation. i want to play for you guys a quote from frank lutz. here's what he had to say about the nra's proposal. >> the public wants guns out of
or lot. lynn, the fact that we're talking about this, do we do it now through the prism of newtown? he had also a weapon, the ar-15 rifle, one of the weapons that spangler used. do we look at it through the prism of newtown? >> newtown, virginia tech, columbine, northern illinois shootings, how many more do we need? so, you know, it's been said that newtown now might be the so-called tipping point. the -- i don't see yet and this will be an issue for the new congress coming in, because i can't imagine anything done in the lame duck session. what if i were wrong, that would be glad if there were some measures put in. i'm out front about that. the dynamic, i think, essentially has sadly probably not changed to spur congress to take action quickly on this. i'd like to be wrong on that. >> all right. so representative ron paul of texas distanced himself on monday from the nra proposal to put more armed guards in our nation's schools and paul said on his website it's another kind of violence. how do you think this conversation can be had logically in the new year if that's the only option t
that vice president biden will spearhead his administration's response to the newtown shooting. the president is not expected to go into detail on policy decisions. the national rifle association has broken it's silence issuing a statement that reads in part this. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. that's significant. >> can i stop for a second there? if progressives, if moderates, if conservatives that are concerned about these magazine clips and assault weapons, if they want to feel self-righteous and scream and yell, they can do it and we won't get a deal. this is like the fiscal cliff. in the end it's like in "lincoln" with the 13th amendment. if the nra comes out and says something like that, instead of everybody going, now that blood's on your hands, you know what? guess what? feel self-righteous. you can save lives, or you can feel self-righteous. beat your chest like jim and tammy faye bakker if that's how you sleep at night. if that gets you through the night, go ahead. i tell you what, the art of politics,
community hasn't stopped since a gunman killed 20 children and seven adults in a newtown town. now they are asking people to stop giving the the overflow has been heart warming, but they are overwhelmed by the volume. they are asking to donate items to those in need in other communities. >> about 200 teachers are in class learning how to handle firearms. it's part of a plan to have teachers defend themselves and protect children on school grounds. utah is one of the few states that allows teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools. the top gun lobby, he is teaching the class and spoke with them. listen. >> the actual first responders at sandy hook and columbine were the teachers themselves. they put their lives in front of these bullets and in front of the shooters. let's not disarm these folks. we are certainly not training them to roam the hall ways looking for the shooter. we want to institute this conceal carry option in line with the district policies or school policies for the lockdown. when the lockdown fails, when the shooter gets into the classroom, the teacher doesn't
of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-year-old daniel barden, who wanted to be one of them when he grew up. today, vice president joe biden will begin meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss how to prevent another tragedy like newtown. we're going to have more on those talks coming up in just a moment. >>> and new concerns about marijuana and prescription drug use among teens this morning. a new survey finds 23% of high school seniors now admit smoking pot in the last month alone. 7% say they smoke it every day. and 1 in 12 teens now admits to using the stimulant adderall, which treats attention deficit disorder. a significant increase from just three years ago. >>> and finally, a $500 million mystery this morning after a whole lot more than a prayer was left at jerusalem's holiest of sites. a visitor at the famed western wall found an envelope, you guys. it
and gauuangzhou will take eight hours instead of 20. >>> and in wake of the tragedy at newtown, now known as the 26 acts movement was sparked with a tweet by our own colleague, ann curry, who learned more about this global out-pouring of generosity from carl quintilla. >> reporter: it started with a simple idea posted to twitter. what if we could honor the 26 lives lost at sandy hook elementary with small acts of kindness, leaving a stranger an unexpected treat or inspirational message or a way to keep warm. >> i've always made quilts. i thought, wouldn't it be nice to make quilt, one for each child and then donate them. >> reporter: using the #26acts, people began sharing their kindness on social media and just nine days later what has become a massive wave reaching to the halls of congress. >> i think america was looking for ways to demonstrate their grief, caring, empathy. >> reporter: to the other side of the world. >> i just kind of thought, you know, if this makes someone smile, that's a pretty good thing. >> reporter: as more and more people shared their good deeds online, they ins
in newtown have a message for people who want to send gifts to the grief-stricken town. please don't. they say gifts, from school supplies to artwork, have arrived in such numbers, they overwhelmed the small community's ability to process them. a fund established after the shooting to support newtown has grown to $3.5 million. >>> meanwhile, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts across utah. they have volunteered for the concealed weapons training. it's offered every year. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers attended the training. they're expecting an overflow crowd because of this month's tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> the two firefighters hurt in that deadly shooting near rochest rochester, new york, are doing better. west webster volunteer firefighters, who had been in guarded condition, are now being upgraded to satisfactory condition. the hospital released a statement on their behalf saying they're, quote, humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of well-wishes for us
in to give newtown cops the day off so they can spend it with their familis. kelly: a fond farewell to two iconic character actors that made many hollywood movies and tv shows so memorable. we remember charles durning and jack klugman. jamie: topping the news this hour, the police are right now calling the shooting deaths of two firefighters we reported to you in upstate new york a deadly ambush. here is what is happening right now. we're learning more about the man who police say shot four firefighters as they responded to that blaze which they believe was deliberately set killing two of them. they were shot as they responded to the fire outside of webster, new york, outside of rochester. the horrible scene leaving the entire community in shock this christmas. >> we're strong people. our community that's there for everybody. we'll get through it. very sad. >> this is a time of celebration, time to be with your family and now there's people that are, don't have a home and, you know, there's family members that are missing and family members that are hospitalized and how can that be christm
, los angeles responded to the newtown tragedy by starting their gun buyback sooner. they needed two sprawling sites including a sports arena. >> they're hunting rifles. >> reporter: angela atkins came to the los angeles gun buy-back with two hunting rifles and thoughts of the children who died in newtown, connecticut. >> it was emotional. i cried. and i just felt like those were everybody's children. >> reporter: so you're getting rid of your only guns. >> the only guns, yes. i couldn't send them a sympathy card or anything, so i just said that's the best thing i can do. >> reporter: it was because of newtown that l.a.'s mayor moved up the annual gun buyback usually held on mother's day. >> two shotguns. >> reporter: the city offers gift certificates up to $200 depending on the kind of gun. >> the n.r.a. might say you're just taking guns out of the hands of the good guys. >> well, the n.r.a. says a lot of things that doesn't pass the smell test for most of us. they said that what we need are more good guys with guns. well, there are a lot of good guys with guns. we have more good gu
between the school system in newtown and his mom and we don't know what his experience was there. you know, when people describe him, bob, as a shy, awkward kid who had difficulty in social situations, but was also brilliant, that kind of sets the plate for the kind of kid who we all know from our own experiences in school has a high likelihood of being picked on or singled out or given a hard time. >> reporter: bob you asked lieutenant vance about the searches and computers recovered and of course he had to be careful. what our source tell us is the computers could be key. while the house was meticulous, and while the boy's room was meticulously maintained, two computers had been smashed, almost purposely, it seemed, smashed to smithereens. they've collected that information and-- all those parts, i should say. they've taken those now to computer forensic experts and what they'll tie 2 is try to reconstruct the data find out did he send any esnails were there any advanced warnings? did he detail his plans to anyone? it could be very important in finding out the motive. >> schieffer: john,
and lieutenant george are cinco of the newtown police department and the connecticut state police from what we know and don't know about yesterday's shooting at sandy hook elementary school. we know that the gunman has been didn't fied as 20-year-old adam lanza who first killed his mother and went to a kindergarten class in the school where he worked killing 27 people. 20 children, six adults and himself. two handguns were found at the school as well as a semiautomatic rifle. law enforcement told officials that the gun was licensed to the gunman's mother. president obama will address the media in his weekly address. we'll have that later. but some hope that he might make an effort to tackle gun control for the first time. the shooting the deadliest in history as raised questions about the gun laws but also school security and preparation. we're going to msnbc's chris jansing who is outside of nowtown in connecticut this morning. chris, can you give us an idea of what we're learning, what new facts have we acquired? >> from the time, chris, went off the air last night, we saw a large exodus fro
a difference? >>> plus, politicians promised that the newtown shooting would change our national debate on guns. are those just empty promises? >>> we count down the top five political rivalries. who won, who lost, what it means for 2013. let's go "outfront." >>> breaking news. the president makes an 11th hour announcement tonight putting the pressure squarely on the senate so broker a deal on the fiscal cliff. >> senators reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. but if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital life line of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> and just moments ago, senator harry reid says he's readying a bill for a vote by monday. all this follows a rare face to face-closed-door meeting at the white housed to between all the key
, confronted the gunman. he's credited from preventing further bloodshed. >>> to the newtown tragedy now and a message you may not think you would hear. town leaders are asking well wishers across the country to stop sending the town gifts. it's not because they don't want them, but they've been getting so many that they can't keep up. they don't have the capacity to process all of them. the united way announced wednesday a fund established after the shooting to support newtown has grown to a wonderful $3.5 million. >>> toyota has agreed to a $1 billion legal settlement, one of the largest in history, after deadly crashes involving toyotas with unintended excel ration. 16 million drivers filed a class action lawsuit. this morning, the settlement is a step closer to being a done deal. toyota agreed to fix 3 million cars and cover the cost of depreciation. a judge must sign off on that settlement now. >>> i've been practicing this, getting ready for this one moment all week. this is like when they announce your name and you have to say that one important thing. here it is. our favorite sto
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